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I Just Love This Place
Teresa Matteson | December 11, 2020

November 18, 2020 was a mixed-up weather day. You know the kind, where cold rain chills you to the bone while soaking jean legs below raincoat. Then, suddenly the clouds drift with the wind and sunlight brightens the day. In spite of the threat of weather, we agreed to hike around the 140 acres, a

A Guide to Backyard Bird Feeding
Lauren Pharr | December 1, 2020

Although there is no right way to “backyard bird,” there are many valuable tips to follow when wanting to attract birds to your backyard.

Getting to know our Thanksgiving Mascot: 10 Fun Facts about Turkeys
Lauren Pharr | November 2, 2020

It’s November at last, which most likely means that many people are getting ready for their Thanksgiving festivities! Although Thanksgiving has evolved drastically over the years due to different traditions, there is one thing that probably comes to mind for the national holiday – Turkey! So how exactly did the turkey become the mascot for

Flying Through the Year: All About Bird Migration
Lauren Pharr | September 30, 2020

Migration season is here at last! Birds you see migrating right now began their migration in late fall, and will migrate back through beginning late winter. Migration is essential for birds, and for birders. Many birders and nature enthusiasts love to view bird migration in action: the Cornell Lab of Ornithology provides resources such as

Getting to Know the Writer: All about Lauren Pharr
Lauren Pharr | September 1, 2020

My name is Lauren Pharr, and if you haven’t picked up already, I absolutely love birds. I am currently a second year Master’s student at North Carolina State University (NCSU) pursuing my degree in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. When I am not neck deep in reading research papers, I usually have my head in

The Native Link: The Importance of Native Plants to Birds
Lauren Pharr | August 3, 2020

Native plants play a vital role in the ecosystem when it comes to wildlife species. In fact, the best habitat you can provide is one that is overly abundant in native vegetation. These plants are important to the native species that rely on them. As you may have guessed, birds are some of those species

Book Review: Idylls Along an Urban Stream
Rich Bergeman | July 24, 2020

Idylls Along an Urban Stream is a photography monograph of Dixon Creek Watershed from the spring of 2020.

Working to engage ALL Benton County residents
Heath Keirstead | July 2, 2020

We at Benton SWCD believe that everyone deserves to feel safe and supported in their exploration and enjoyment of the natural world.

Book Review: Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth
Heath Keirstead | July 2, 2020

Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth has an optimistic message of standing up for your beliefs and it’s a great adventure story written for 9-13 year olds.

Book Review: Teaching with Fire: Poetry that Sustains the Courage to Teach
Holly Crosson | July 2, 2020

Teaching with Fire is a beautiful and passionate book about how teachers use their favorite poems to keep their hearts alive as they rise to the joys and challenges of teaching

Birds and Rivers: The Importance of a River Ecosystem
Lauren Pharr | July 1, 2020

This is the first in a series of posts by guest blogger Lauren Pharr, an ornithologist and science communicator, who will be sharing her knowledge, experience, and thoughts with us over the next year as we continue to “Garden for the Birds!”  As a fellow nature enthusiast and wildlife biologist, it is important for me

Invasive Species Control Grant Awards
Heath Keirstead | June 25, 2020

Here is a summary of the invasive species control grants we have funded. Find out more here. Fiscal Year Recipient Invasive Species Amount Funded 19-20 Julia Bradshaw Invasive Blackberries $115.00 19-20 Jenny Brausch Japanese Knotweed $115.00 19-20 Jeremy Conyac Japanese Knotweed $115.00

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